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Mar 21, 2011 8:30am EDT
with gregory jaczko, chairman of the nuclear regular rah story commission, on japan's nuclear crisis and his agency's response. then more on the nuclear situation in japan as we take you live for a briefing of the nuclear regulatory industry. and later the cato institute has a conference marking the first anniversary of the signing of the health care law and it impact on the industry, the federal budget and the economy. >> tonight on c-span2, actor harry sheerer talks about the media's coverage of his adopted hometown of new orleans. he recently released a new film about hurricane katrina and louisiana called "the big uneasy. "it examines the causes of the city's flood after the 2005 hurricane. 7:15 pacific. >> tonight on c-span3, a white house summit on bullying featuring remarks from first lady michelle obama and president obama who discusses his own experiences with bullying as a child. >> as adults we all remember what it was like to see kids picked on in the schoolyard, and i have to say with big ears and the name that i have, i wasn't immune. [laughter] i didn't emerge u
CSPAN
Mar 18, 2011 12:00pm EDT
factual question which may be of interest of people watching relating to japan. there's been concern, and i think a certain amount of confusion about what the potential danger is to the u.s. from the nuclear plant problems in japan, and particularly as the media's been following the last few days and a sense that the possibility of a meltdown at the plant, the explosion, and emission of a large amount of radioactivity and people are concerned about the west coast of the u.s., particularly hawaii, guam, and other islands may be subject to some danger, and i wonder if you have a current sense of what that possibility is? >> i'll refer back to the statement made by the chairman of nuclear regulatory commission in looking at all the scenarios, they do not see radiation reaching the u.s. that it would be of a danger or require protective angsts, but anticipation of this, fema support with the department of energy have a system called rad net. it's been there and 24 hours a day, seven days a week monitors various channels, air, water, other types of things across the country, and so if we
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Mar 18, 2011 9:00am EDT
would not be able to handle a nuclear emergency similar to the events unfoiledding in japan. however, administrator craig fugate told a senate committee yesterday the government as a whole is better prepared to deal with emergencies than it was before hurricane katrina. also testifying, the former inspector general who assessed fema operations since the hurricane. this is about two hours. >> the hearing will come to order. i thank everyone for their patience. as you know we had two votes on the floor. so we delayed the start of the hearing. i welcome, everyone. we convene this hearing which had been long-planned, long-scheduled on fema's ability to respond to a major catastrophe against the compelling backdrop of the tragically catastrophic events unfolding in japan. an earthquake and tsunami in rapid succession that have already resulted in twice as many deaths as al qaeda's attack on america on 9/11. of course no one believes that the death, and finding of the dead is over yet. the earthquake and tsunami have also caused fires and explosions at nuclear power plants that could have
CSPAN
Mar 14, 2011 12:00pm EDT
sustain the victims of the seismic devastation in japan. we pray in your great name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c., march 14, 2011. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable christopher coons, a senator from the state of , to perform the duties of the chair. signed: daniel k. inouye, president pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. the presiding officer: under the previous order the leadership time is reserved -- mr. reid: mr. president? following any leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business until 4:30 p.m., senators allowed to speak up to 10 minutes each. at 4:30 the senate will proceed to executive session to consider
CSPAN
Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm EDT
relating to the march 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in japan. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection, the senate will proceed. mr. brown: mr. president, i further ask the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table with no intervening action or debate and any statements relating to the resolution be printed in the record at the appropriate place. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. brown: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent the following senators be recognized for the times listed below in morning business for the purpose of giving their maiden speech to the senate: senator portman from my state following the maiden speech of senator coats on tuesday, march 15 for up to 15 minutes and senator blumenthal of connecticut at 12:00 noon, wednesday, march 16, for up to 20 minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. brown: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that when the senate completes its business today it adjourn until 10:00 a.m. on tuesday, march 15, followi
CSPAN
Mar 11, 2011 9:00am EST
-moon on the earthquake and tsunami in japan. he said they will do everything to help japan. we'll have that live on c-span2. in the meantime, anita in "washington journals" he's the ranking member on the subcommittee that covers foreign operations. >> host: thanks for being here. >> guest: my pleasure. >> host: wow, we have a lot going on today. i'm going to start with libya just because the secretary was talking about it. again leaders why europe are meeting, france is pushing for a no-fly zone. what are your thoughts about the u.s. involvement level? how big should it be? and why is that a good investment for this country? >> guest: it's clear to me after discussing it in depth with secretary clinton is the administration is actively involved in strategy sessions and discussions with the international community. the united states cannot act independently. and people may say no-fly zone, they may say -- they may come up with all kinds of actions, but number one, there are implication implications as secretary gates said to every one the proposals. unless we act with the international community, i do
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Mar 11, 2011 12:00pm EST
countries? if there is any other country i would move to, it would be japan because they are such a great country. i want to say that we do not need to by our friends via financial aid. this is ridiculous. host: we do not need to by our friends. guest: is a matter of developing or alliances, working together in the interest of the united states of america. in haiti, when there is poverty and people do not have homes or a place to live, it is not a matter of buying our friends but to make sure we can bring stability in the country because they are right on our border. the same thing with mexico. people travel everywhere and we are all interconnected. i hope that in addition to suppor >> in about 20 minutes we will take you live to the white house for a news conference with president obama. among the possible topics, libya and the impact of the sue tsunan the west coast. live coverage when it starts, scheduled now for 12:30 eastern, and can we'll have that here on c-span2. a new member of congress, kevin yoder, a freshman representative from kansas who also sits on the gop's appropriations
CSPAN
Mar 25, 2011 9:00am EDT
nuclear disaster will be discussing the situation in japan where repairs continue on a plant damaged by the recent earthquake and tsunami. aleksei yablokov is a co-author of the book at chernobyl, consequences of the catastrophe for people and invite me. this event is being hosted by the groups beyond nuclear and friends of the earth. that's ahead of the friends of the earth speaking and introducing today's present. live coverage here on c-span2. >> amounts to 20 to 50% of that which was released from chernobyl. and as we approach the 25th anniversary of chernobyl, it's great that we have this been here before us. we have the fortune of having cindy to my immediate right, focus on radiation and health and renewable energy alternatives beyond nuclear. she has a masters in science and environment of science from johns hopkins university. and she has done a fair amount of tea medications with u.s. media. and she is -- she has testified and examined the cancer risk of living here bashing your nuclear facilities ice by the nuclear regular tory commission. we also have to the right of cind
CSPAN
Mar 21, 2011 12:00pm EDT
example, japan was just hit by a tragic and devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. and shame on us if we don't learn from their misfortune. japan is the most advanced nation in terms of seismic hazard and their earthquake early warning system saved thousands of lives. with our funding, usgs got a big leapup on our own early warning system in the advanced national seismic and funding to implement a prototype is now caught up in the uncertainty of the 2011 budget. but we continue to plan for it when our funds do become available. the president's 2012 budget doesn't include provision to begin the nation's land imaging program as you mentioned. it's a home of a landsat set of satellites. landsat over its nearly 40-year history monitoring earth from space has become the gold standard for viewing land ann planetary scale. users include educators, government at all levels, agribusiness, water managers, the commercial sector and ngos and they've downloaded more than 4 million scenes. the advent of google earth has lowered the technology threshold to data usability for all. while nasa will still
CSPAN
Mar 16, 2011 5:00pm EDT
and the safety up u.k. nuclear reactors in light of the disaster in japan. from london, this is 35 minutes. >> questions to the prime minister. for >> number one mr. speaker -- thank you mr. speaker. i'm sure the whole house wishes to join me in paying tribute to lance corporal stephen micki for the 1st battalion of the royal irish regiment who died lastgime wednesday. he was a highly respected selfless and committed soldier who will be sorely missed by all those who served with him who will be sorely missed by all those who served with him. deepest of the with his family and friends. across september military repatriation will no longer pass through the town. the house wishes to join me in paying tribute to the people, and dignified demonstrations have shown between the public and our armed forces. mr. speaker it has been 100 years since the town was conferred with the title of royalty but i can today confirm to the house that her majesty the queen has agreed to confer the thai royal on the town as an enduring symbol of the nation's admiration and our gratitude to the people of that town.
CSPAN
Mar 31, 2011 9:00am EDT
the good people of japan. we have got a big situation going on in the middle east. not only in libya but all over the middle east. we have a war going on in afghanistan as we speak. we have men and women whose lives are on the line in afghanistan, who are trying to draw down in iraq. we have just a lot of issues, mr. president, that we need to deal with. we know that there has to be budget cuts, and we're willing to do that, but let's also understand we can't balance our budget with what the tea party is wanting us to do. we have a huge problem in this country with deficits. now, mr. president, we have been a pretty good example of how we can balance the budget. we did it in the clinton years. we spent far less money than we were taking in. we were reducing the debt. we were not having annual deficits, so we know it can be done, but we have to do it in the right way, as we did. we want to work with our republican colleagues, and we have proven that we can do that with the two short-term c.r.'s that we have had. but i hope that everyone understands that there's only so much that the m
CSPAN
Mar 17, 2011 12:00pm EDT
over there, whether it's mexico or china or india or japan or anywhere else, when the production is done over there, the innovation is also done on the shop floor over there. while we brag about being the most inventive, innovative people on earth -- which we are -- the future doesn't necessarily look that way as we outsource so many of these jobs. we've seen how these free trade agreements give incentive to move production overseas. instead of giving ins-pb alternatives -- incentives to american companies to produce over here, we do the opposite by passing nafta, cafta, any of those. peru's president garcia spoke to the u.s. chamber of commerce, he said come and open your factories in my country so we can sell your own products back to the united states. come sell your own products back to the united states. how's that good for american workers? how's that good for instphoefgs how's good for american manufacturing? it's become a business plan for far too many companies in this country. think about this in the broad sweep of history, how often this has ever happened where a busin
CSPAN
Mar 31, 2011 12:00pm EDT
providing the critical humanitarian relief and nuclear recovery of our allies in japan? general powell also asks us to ask the question, have the gains and risks been thoroughly analyzed? well, they may not have been thoroughly analyzed, i am comfortable to the administration's answers to these questions. had qadhafi taken benghazi, had he defeated the rebel government, i think he would have thefn moved over time to destablize the new guest in -- the flu government in egypt. an end to the camp david peace accords would nut jeopardy the operations of the suez canal. it would endanger israel, and i think the administration was wise to see a tremendous additional risk had qadhafi won this war. now, at least we know that the rebels are likely not to be defeated but a stalemate is also not in our interest, and i would hope that we would recall the advice of general sherman who said that we should make this as rough and as difficult as possible to the enemy, so that, ironically, in most humanitarian terms, it ends and it ends on the terms of the united states, our allies and the new rebel governm
CSPAN
Mar 15, 2011 12:00pm EDT
is temporarily out of service, as in japan, and we've seen what happens when we have chaos reigning in america when it comes to budgeting. the american people don't like it, and they want us to get to work. we should be about hiring americans, not firing americans, and this republican budget essentially takes 700,000 americans off the payroll. three weeks, that's 75,000 jobs that are in jeopardy as a result of republican three-week budget. and so it's time to get back to work and do the business of america, of putting americans back to work. that's what democrats have been all about. we started two years ago with president obama talking about creating jobs. we hope at some point after 71 days republicans now in the majority in the house will talk about creating jobs, not losing jobs. with that, i'd like to turn it over to our democratic leader, nancy pelosi. >> thank you very much, chairman bo sera, thank you, chairman larson, for bringing us together this morning. before i join my colleagues in associating myself with their remarks and expanding on them, i want to once again express the sadne
CSPAN
Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
relationships and develop more capable systems with countries like japan, france, israel, south korea, and australia. we can work with our allies and partners to upgrade their warships and to conduct missile defense operations, and we with cork with them to deploy sensors around the world to provide the data necessary for our interaccepters to take out missiles. i want to conclude with a note of reassurance. i know that the debate at home over missile defense is contentious. my former colleagues on both sides of the aisle feel passionately about the issue, and i do too, but the lesson to take away is one that should reassure our allies and send a message of resolve to those who threaten us. missile defense is a national and bipartisan priority and nothing is going to change that. our country and our allies and partners depend on missile defense agency, and that's why we're so appreciative of your hard work. i want to thank you very much for your time today. i want to thank you for your hard work and patriotism. i will be happy to take a few easy questions. [laughter] [applause] >> we'
CSPAN
Mar 29, 2011 9:00am EDT
of many world crises. from recovery efforts in japan to battles everywhere from afghanistan to libya, to an unfolding economic crisis in europe, the scope and intensity of world events in recent months has been nothing short of breathtaking. yet, in the middle of all this, it's important that we not lose sight of the struggles and concerns of so many around us here at home. at a time when roughly one in four american homeowners owes more money on their mortgage than their home is worth, at a time when nearly one in ten working americans is looking for a job, at a time when the federal debt has reached heights that none of us could have even imagined just a few years ago, now is not the time to focus on the paramount issue on the minds of americans every day, and that's the very real crisis that we face when it comes to jobs. americans look around them and they see neighbors and friends struggling to find work, and yet all they seem to get from the white house are policies that handcuff small businesses with burdensome new regulations and red tape and that create even more uncertainty
CSPAN
Mar 29, 2011 12:00pm EDT
of most americans is turning to price of energy. i appreciate the president's attitude during the japan nuclear crisis in terms of calls for lessons about safety for our own nuclear plants and our need to continue with nuclear power because it provides safe, clean electricity. but in the address that the president plans to make tomorrow on energy, i hope what he says is that we immediate to find more -- we need to find more american energy, use less energy, save money and create jobs. and we do that by exploring for more american oil offshore on federal lands and in alaska, by exploring for more natural gas. we have a 200-year supply of natural gas. we could be self-sufficient. and by research for clean energy that is low cost. i hope the president will abandon his high-tax energy plan that drives jobs overseas looking for cheap energy and join us in working for a low-cost clean energy plan that makes us more independent and creates jobs. >> i think as the leader pointed out by the comments the democrats are making that they really aren't serious about solving our country's fiscal probl
CSPAN
Mar 10, 2011 9:00am EST
by the i.m.f. japan, for example, has also fallen behind in its deficit goals. and to make matters worse standard & poor's downgraded japan's credit rating. if we do not face the reality and take serious steps now to confront this challenge, we will find ourselves in a similar position. the impact will be disastrous, just as it's been in greece and portugal and ireland. unfortunately, this reality has not yet sunk in in enough places in washington, d.c. president obama asked congress to increase the debt ceiling, allowing our country to take on even more debt. but it would be irresponsible to allow more spending without a serious plan in place to reduce the deficit. americans are looking for leadership in washington to help create jobs and get our economy back on its feet. but lately they heard a lot of partisan rhetoric and all they've seen is more government spending. it is time for our government to change direction and to change dramatically. we must work together to restrain spending and to put in place progrowth measures that create jobs. by saying both no to more spending and yes
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Mar 17, 2011 5:00pm EDT
closely at the events in japan and as we said before, we have to apply whatever lessons that can be and will be learned. >> energy secretary stephen chu the nuclear regulatory commission chairman gregory asko run capitol hill testifying on the energy department's fiscal year 2012 budget a nuclear power safety issues following the earthquake and tsunami in japan. watch the complete hearing now on line at c-span video library. search, watch clip and share. is washington your way. ..
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Mar 25, 2011 12:00pm EDT
of that decade. one thinks of japan where there was no return of growth until the beginning of this decade. how could you possibly attribute to the government as you do? >> i'm grateful for the honorable gentleman's point we have argued consistently and so has the international community that we had a financial crisis from 2008 and 2009. and out of that crisis without making references to tsunamis and earthquakes there are many after-shocks and it takes much time to actually get over that. so i certainly agree with that point. but it was not us who said that we were going to raise growth in last year. it was the conservative government. and the honorable member from chichester when he pointed out that under a labour government we had 40% debt in relation to gross domestic product. my recollection in some years it was 37%. it was the financial crisis that pushed it up to where it was. >> i'm very grateful from my honorable friend giving way. would he also say that's particularly startling after all the motions we've heard from the chancellor and the budget, the growth forecast is actually after
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Mar 22, 2011 12:00pm EDT
deemployed in japan. it did very well. the team over was were not affected by the recent events in japan. we're thankful for that. it is connected to the c2bmc in hawaii, and as said before, our ship, especially our surveillance capability in the sea of japan is shown here. this is our initial capability. it shows one layer of defense in the three charts i've just shown. next chart. when we moved to 2015, our aim is to go from an initial capability to a robust capability. again, how do you define "robust?" there's not a clear definition, and i'll state what the agency adopted and in concert with the ballistic missile defense review conducted last year was one interpretation of robust, and it's ours is that when a missile's launched at you, you have opportunities to shoot it with multiple systems, independent technologies engaging that are integrated together through a center network again taking multiple views using multiple freak sighs so that -- frequencies to that is makes it very resilient capability, and by 2015 with the introduction of the sm32a, you can also see the introduction on th
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Mar 10, 2011 5:00pm EST
. >> look at european's and japan's statistics. they are lower. if any, these are optimistic figures. >> right. japan, as you know, has a birthrate of 1.25. their population in 2005 has been declining even those people are living so much longer. it is declines because the birthrate is low and they have essentially no net immigration. we are still having at least essential replacement birthrates and having net immigration, so good point. our problem is significant, but it's actually worse elsewhere. if that's any solace, that's good news. look at the birthrate of 2.0, add in the net immigration, it makes it 2.3. what that means is while the birthrate dropped from about 3 down to 2, with the the help of immigration, it's at 2.3. it's not quite as bad as just looking at birthrates, but still significant. the implications of this on social security and beyond social security clearly, we can look at what has happened to the relationship between the number of workers and the number of beneficiaries. this is very similar to a pure demographic ratio that's oftentimes looked at which is the a
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Mar 10, 2011 12:00pm EST
often we hear on this floor discussion about china eating our lunch and clean energy, about japan and germany outpacing us in -- in wind and solar technology, but does anybody think that if those countries had a gulf of mexico or an anwar that they would not be drilling in those areas as we speak? does anyone think that those nations demagogue nuclear power or refuse to permit coal plants? their -- their energy policies are on better track than ours. they -- they're not just looking at what is happening today, they're looking -- they're looking tomorrow, they're looking today. they've got an energy policy that carries them out. there is an article in "the wall street journal" yesterday by nancen salari. he concludes this article with the statement that the u.s. does not have an energy problem, it has an energy strategy problem. think about that. it's not lacking the resources. it's the strategy for how we develop our energy resources. during his campaign, president obama liked to quote dr. martin luther king, and he talked about the fierce urgency of now. and there are few issues
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Mar 24, 2011 5:00pm EDT
't know. talk to carter center. >> do you have any information to north korea and japan? >> i don't, no. i don't. michelle in the back. then david. >> i have a question about pakistan. in the wake of the ray davis case, as the u.s. been pulling any u.s. personnel out of pakistan? >> no. not -- certainly not i'm aware of it. i don't believe we have. in the days immediately following the resolution of mr. davis' case, we were certainly on a heightened security awareness. but there's been no measures to reduce our footprint in pakistan. in fact, i would say we're getting back to business as usual in terms of cooperating with the pakistani government and the pakistani people in trying to forward our agenda there which is to build pakistani institutions and capacity to bring greater economic prosperity and political freedom there. >> if i could just follow up. there was a report that the pakistani have given the u.s. a list of people that they were going to declare persona grata on the militarying a sis? -- military agencies? >> i'm not aware of that. go ahead. >> are you aware that they have i
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Mar 24, 2011 12:00pm EDT
, russia, west europe, and japan and turkey. they preface pages xv to 17 spells out the inputs that the task force had. sometimes brilliant background papers in the end of the report, and particularly one just published on women in afghanistan on the perspective of somebody who was under cover trying to maintain women's schools during taliban rule in their country. with background meetings in a dozen capitols, including a meeting with afghan on all sides from senior officials to the kabul government to the political opposition within that political system to civil society to, yes, persons intimately linked to the insurgency. and we at century, my colleague michael hannah and we provided the kind of support that handwriting what was being told to us by the wisdom of those task force members. they set the course and it's to them that we now turn to outline to you our groups recommendations and findings. so tom? >> thank you very much, jeff, for your very kind introduction and for your setting the stage. i begin by saying the reports findings with the wildly varying were unanimous
CSPAN
Mar 16, 2011 12:00pm EDT
to follow along. even japan that, signed on to the kyoto treaty, said that they wouldn't be involved in extending the kyoto treaty beyond 2012. and so, if the united states did it by itself, under the guise of being a world leader and setting an example and the rest of the world didn't do it, uncle sam would soon become uncle sucker, and we would find our manufacturing fleeing the united states to places where they don't have regulation on co2, where energy expenses aren't so high, and we'd lose the jobs accordingly. and in a sense then, those people that have complained for decades about american manufacturing moving overseas would destine the united states to do more of it. and so i don't understand how people that are concerned about losing jobs overseas could be fighting the mcconnell amendment. because if you want to preserve jobs in america, our industry has to be competitive with the rest of the world. so i hope that the mcconnell amendment will be adopted. and i hope there will be some consistency in the reasoning of people who are concerned about the movement of jobs oversea
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Mar 1, 2011 9:00am EST
and japan the american model. we should have learned by now that the path to democracy in the middle east is more likely to be uniquely middle eastern. the original marshall plan was paid for mostly by united states taxpayers. money for this new plan should come from around the world, mostly from private gifts. the first marshall plan was used mostly for purchase of goods from the united states. today those goods would be purchased from around the world. what are the next steps? first, a coalition of foundations should step forward and announce its willingness to consider proposals from egypt and other middle eastern countries that would assist a transition to a more democratic form of government. second, the first grant should be quickly approved, probably to nongovernmental organizations already in place. the original marshall plan moved slowly. in this age of instant communication, freedom fighters expect immediate results. some evidence of improvement in their lives could help sustain a movement toward democracy against the lure of militant islam. an early state department memorandum
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Mar 8, 2011 9:00am EST
there? china, japan, other foreign holders, oil exporters, the u.k., and you begin to understand the point. billions of dollars annually are being borrowed from foreigners who have really no home interest in our nation. the interest payments on our debt will increase to almos almost $1 trillion by 2020. an increase of 370% since 2009. again, just look at the chart. the numbers don't lie. a nearly 380% increase by 2020. now the american people are absolutely appalled at trillion dollar annual deficits. just imagine their horror at trillion dollar annual interest payments. and what if current interest rates go up, which many project that they will, each 1% increase in interest rates equals, get this, $140 billion in additional debt. our interest payments alone will eventually bankrupt our country before we even begin to think about providing services to our citizens. and everything will suffer. if you like education, guess what? it will suffer. if you want to build more roadsd bridges, guess what? it will suffer. our society will suffer. probably most importantly, for those of us i
CSPAN
Mar 15, 2011 9:00am EDT
that at a moment when we have so much unemployment and we're facing a recession in this country? now, japan, china and europe are ready to receive these research projects. they are building facilities in the hopes that these companies will decide that they are more reliable than the united states of america. that's what the house republican budget threatens. whether it's in medical research, energy research, finding new drugs, unless we make a commitment that people can count on, that research is going overseas and jobs will flow with that research to other countries and not to make. we need to cut the budget and reduce our deficit. no doubt about it. let's not do so in a way that costs america jobs and cuts american innovation off at the knees. the spending bill before the house of representatives is going to cripple our economy at a time when it's just starting to recover. economists tell us the house republican budget will cost us more than 700,000 jobs. that's not the way to move america forward. we can find a way to eliminate tax loopholes and benefits, improve the way we spend money and thou
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Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm EDT
of other alternative energies. what's going on in japan right now, i -- i shy away from the idea of saying, oh, well then we've got to stop ever building any nuclear power plant forever. i'm not a big fan of nuclear power but i don't think you make decisions like that, you don't maybe them out of emotion, you don't make them because there's a catastrophe in another country -- maybe there is, maybe there isn't, i haven't checked the news in four or five hours -- but that's 20% of all of our power in this country. so before we make that decision, let's be thoughtful about it. i think we ought to be thoughtful about this amendment, saying -- the mcconnell amendment saying forever and forever that the e.p.a. will be completely stripped away in terms of any power for -- for -- for carbon monoxide, climate problems. and to boot -- plus anything else that creates carbon. it could be factories, any -- all kinds of things. they will be completely free of any kind of regulation. and i think that's wrong. i think the regulation has to be put in place which is reasonab reasonable, which would be the p
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Mar 8, 2011 12:00pm EST
time there's a number of independent deemployers there a country such as japan, korea, russia, china they're all working together to try to deal with the problem but each of them with a little more different mandate, certainly whether they are escorting convoys through the gulf of aden or trying to protect their own national shipping, these are some of the strategies that they're employing but what i noticed when we were operating there is that despite national mandates, despite a few different approaches in how to deal with the problem, the crux of the issue is they all wanted to do something about piracy. so what we found is that everybody was working together to share information, to exchange bits of information that might prove useful to the locating pirate action groups to try to deal with the problem and i found a very constructive element while we were conducting our work over there. >> i just wanted to put a little vignette that kind of gives you a sense of how we dealt with certain issues out there. and i know we've got a bit of a strategic overlay and a sense of the operati
CSPAN
Mar 9, 2011 12:00pm EST
problems, even to the point of crisis in the next few years. many people have said japan is locked in crisis, that crisis is coming because of the debt that they've accumulated. when that comes to america, do we want to have government by crisis? already we can't even pass a budget. we can't pass appropriations bills. our bills do not even go to the committees anymore. they just come to the floor and we put a patchwork quilt on them and there's a chance this ends up being two more weeks. it is not the way you should run government. if you want to have a significant plan for changing things, send things through the committee. if up to the have a realistic way of running government, have appropriations bills. if you want to be someone who believes in good, responsible government, for goodness sakes, pass a budget. we didn't pass a budget last year. this chart shows how big the problem is. i wish i had a magnifying glass because that's the only way you could see the other side's proposal. $6 billion in cuts. it's one day's borrowing. it's not even one day's spending that they're talki
CSPAN
Mar 14, 2011 8:30am EDT
for the survivors in japan after that terrible earthquake, remember those who died in katrina, and the rebuild is not going on in new orleans and even those who have lost their lives in 9/11. we know several things. we know infrastructure matters and we know transportation matters. we've know people who take the people on the systems matter greatly. and i think that's something we should bear in mind. i think today is the time for courage and confidence in how we move forward on our transportation system and our new legislation. i don't think it's a time for how much less we should spend on transit and highways suspect this is a time how much one wishes been and how wisely we should spend it. in the last months, in the recent two-year period, apta has said it. every state, 75% of those states, communities that have taken on the funding issues about transit, the ballot initiatives and other local referendums have seen the members in this committee, republicans and democrats alike, support those measures. and i think that is a sign of confidence that we should take as we go to capitol hill. i wa
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